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Variety’s Tom Lowry Off to The Daily

The pickup of Andrew Wallenstein in March seemed to portend a stem in the bleeding of reporters leaving Variety and its paywall.  But HuffPo’s Michael Calderone is reporting yet another staffer has been poached away by a rival publication. This time it’s New York based senior editor Tom Lowry, who’s off to The Daily to become the new business editor.

Here’s the memo from Daily editor-in-chief Jesse Angelo:

Folks,

I’m happy to announce that Tom Lowry is joining The Daily as our Business Editor. Tom comes to us from Variety, where he was a senior editor, and BusinessWeek before that. He is an excellent journalist and a great guy and we’re thrilled to have him aboard. Please give him a warm welcome when he starts July 1.

Jesse

Lowry was with Variety for little more than a year.

The Wrap’s Dylan Stableford Heading to Yahoo!

The Wrap’s media reporter Dylan Stableford is jumping ship and heading to Yahoo! News, where he’ll be the site’s senior media reporter.

Twitter was abuzz with rumors of Stableford’s impending exit earlier today and The Cutline confirmed the hire late this afternoon. Stableford will fill Michael Calderone‘s spot, who left Yahoo! for HuffPo earlier this year. He starts his new gig May 23.

How the New York Times Forced Julian Assange to Give Up Guantanamo Bay Files

Michael Calderone at Huffington Post wrote yesterday about the scramble to publish WikiLeaks Guantanamo Bay documents. The curious aspect to the whole tale is that five months had passed since a source told Reuters that Julian Assange had “personal files of every prisoner in GITMO” and the documents still hadn’t emerged.

The documents were finally published when the New York Times obtained them, and decided to share them with NPR and Guardian.  But Times executive editor Bill Keller told The Huffington Post that, “WikiLeaks is not our source. We got the material with no embargo.” This suggests that the source presumably was Wikileaks defector Daniel Domscheit-Berg.

So why did Julian Assange hoard the documents and refuse to publish them? John Cook at Gawker writes that though Assange has claimed he held on to his secrets in order to honor his sources’ desires for “maximum impact,” and also wanted time to review the documents to minimize harm, the real reason is that Assange just wanted to protect himself.

Assange has come to view the unpublished bits of [Bradley] Manning‘s cache as, literally, insurance… With each new disclosure, that insurance file affords him less and less leverage, which explains his reluctance to follow Manning’s wishes and actually disclose information…

And without the threat of more earth-shattering disclosures down the road, will anyone really care whether Assange is extradited to Sweden, or gets convicted of rape, or goes to jail? Not really. Which is why he’s publishing the Gitmo files under duress.

Perhaps WikiLeaks is less an agent for truth than an agent for Julian Assange.

Donald Trump: “I Saved the Daily News”

What can’t The Donald do?

Sideshow Trump yesterday accused New York Daily News publisher Mort Zuckerman of “disloyalty” for his paper’s less-than-adoring coverage of his bizarre presidential run, Ben Smith at Politico reports.

“I saved the Daily News,” said Trump, “…I did them a huge favor.” This is supposedly in reference to a difficult financial period the paper went through in the 1980s and 1990s, though the details aren’t clear.

No doubt prompted by Trump’s economic use of actual facts in the past, Smith and his colleague Maggie Haberman checked it out:

But a source close to Zuckerman insisted this is “not true,” adding the fellow developer “never went to him.”

If only his birther claims would die as easily!

Update: Zuckerman told Michael Calderone at Huffington Post that he has “no idea what [Trump's] talking about” and can’t recall ever asking him for help on anything.

Dan Abrams Hires Peter Lauria For Mogulite

Dan Abrams‘ new site Mogulite, which will detail the trials and tribulations of media moguls not unlike Abrams himself, is set to launch April 25th.

We’re very curious about Mogulite, especially since we heard that it aims to “elevate the discourse” on media mogul gossip. We’re not quite sure what that means, so we’ve been keeping our ear to the ground for the latest developments. Now Michael Calderone reports that Peter Lauria, who’s covered media moguls in the past for the New York Post and the Daily Beast, is joining the site as consulting editor.

Lauria won’t be joining the operation full-time, but is “expected to write posts and provide tips and contacts” to recently hired managing editor Amy Tennery. Abrams also said he plans on hiring at least one other full-time staffer for Mogulite.

Lauria quietly left the Daily Beast a few months ago, and the New York Post reported that he left the newsroom amid rumors of tensions with management. We can only hope this means we can expect some “elevated discourse” on Tina Brown.

Huffington Post Puts Some of Its $315 Million to Good Use

Well, they’re holding fast on that whole not paying bloggers thing, but at least HuffPo has decided to pay a few more writers for their work. On the same day Arianna Huffington officially completed her $315 million deal to sell HuffPo to AOL, the Huffington Post Media Group, as it’s now called, announced six new additions to its reporting team.

From the release:

Yahoo‘s Michael Calderone has been named Senior Media Reporter, the New York Times’ Trymaine Lee has been named Senior Reporter, the New York Daily News’ Michael McAuliffe has been named Senior Congressional Reporter, and The Daily‘s Jon Ward has been named Senior Political Reporter.  Bonnie Kavoussi, about to graduate from Harvard, has been named Business Reporter, and Lucas Kavner, the founding editor of Unigo, which covered college life, has been named Entertainment Reporter.

HuffPo says these hires will be the first of many “as it expands its original reporting across all sections, from politics and entertainment to health, food, style, kids, parenting, personal finance, and more.”

Press release in full after the jump:

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A Preview of The Revamped The New York Times Magazine

FishbowlNY has been pretty exicted about the upcoming issue of the Hugo Lindgren guided The New York Times Magazine. We’ve liked all the moves he’s been making, and guessed that the magazine would probably feel – and read – younger (that’s a good thing!).

Now Michael Calderone has backed up our theories with an almost complete unveiling of the upcoming issue. Check his post out for all the particulars  – there are a lot – but here are a few new things that we liked:

  • The titles of the sections are much snappier. Letters to the editors is now “Reply All.” “Riff” is a rethinking of On Language.
  • A photographer question and answer section.
  • A three-page photo essay in the back of the magazine.
  • Regular columns from Mark Bittman and Bill Keller.

There’s surely going to be some hate once the new issue hits newsstands this Sunday, but at least people are talking about the mag for the first time in forever. After all, bad press is better than no press.  Just ask Charlie – uh, forget that. Ask someone else.

More Changes at The New York Times Opinion Section

As Frank Rich departs, Joe Nocera arrives. Michael Calderone at The Cutline is reporting that Nocera is moving from the Business section of the New York Times to its Op-Ed pages, beginning April 1st.

Andy Rosenthal said the following in a memo to Times staffers, regarding Nocera’s new digs:

Our readers have come to rely on his sharp insights into the often opaque world of business and finance. We’re certain he will find a new audience on Op-Ed, where we know he will continue to illuminate difficult issues and expose bad behavior by business and government.

Matt Bai Headed Back to New York Times Magazine

Since taking over the New York Times Magazine, Hugo Lindgren has made more moves than an unsupervised Lindsay Lohan in a jewelry store. Here’s the latest: Matt Bai, who was with the magazine since 2002, but left last year for news coverage, is returning as Chief Political Correspondent.

Michael Calderone at The Cutline obtained a memo from Lindgren announcing Bai’s return. Here’s a snippet:

Although it happened before my arrival, I know that my colleagues at the magazine watched Matt leave to join the newspaper’s political team last year with mixed feelings. As the first national political columnist in the news pages of The New York Times, Matt wrote with intelligence, passion and style about the events of the day, and they loved being able to read him with much greater frequency. But they also missed his voice in the magazine, where he anchored the coverage of national politics for many years.

And so when I took over as editor, I invited Matt to come back to the magazine, and to my great relief, he accepted.

New York Times Debating a Drop Box for Leakers

The New York Times is considering launching a system that would allow people to anonymously submit large files which would be vetted by the paper, and if deemed worthy, published to the public.

Michael Calderone gets Bill Keller to admit that the Times is looking into something like Al Jazeera’s Transparency Unit, which launched earlier this month, and has been publishing previously classfiied information on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Keller says:

A small group from computer-assisted reporting and interactive news, with advice from the investigative unit and the legal department, has been discussing options for creating a kind of EZ Pass lane for leakers.

Given that Al Jazeera’s system has already been a success, you can expect these discussions Keller mentions to progress very quickly. Al Jazeera has effectively cut out the middle man with their Transparency Unit, and the Times knows this. The paper also hasn’t had the best relationship with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, so what better way to stick it to Assange than to cut him, and Wikileaks, out of the picture forever?

And you thought Assange was already kind of paranoid. Just wait until he hears this.

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